Business Administration



The School of Business Administration undergraduate and graduate programs are accredited by the Association of Collegiate Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP). ACBSP is located at 7007 College Blvd Suite 420, Overland Park , KS 66211, PH: (913) 339-9356, FAX: (913) 339-6226, and website:

The School of Business Administration undergraduate and graduate programs are also accredited by the International Assembly of Collegiate Business Education (IACBE), PO Box 3960, Olathe, KS 66063.

The School of Business is in the self-evaluation year for accreditation by AACSB International - The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB), 777 South Harbour Island Blvd, Suite 750, Tampa, Florida 33602-5730.


Vision Statement

A premier School of Business Administration within the University System of Georgia offering undergraduate and graduate programs in business.

Mission Statement

The mission of the School of Business Administration is to provide its diverse student population quality undergraduate and graduate-level educational programs that produce graduates with the knowledge and skills to help them excel in their business careers, further academic studies, and fulfill their personal potential. The School strives to enhance students' academic experience through relevant faculty teaching activities, community service, applied scholarly endeavors relevant to the southwest Georgia region, and professional activities.

In order to carry out this mission, the School of Business Administration has developed the following broad-based goals as follows:

  1. To provide students a broad foundation necessary for further learning through the general core curriculum
  2. To provide students a foundation in oral and written communication skills, accounting, economics, statistics and quantitative methods, and finance
  3. To provide a curriculum that reflects the influence of political, social, legal and regulatory, environmental and technological issues
  4. To develop students leadership skills
  5. To develop the students' awareness of global issues and events that affect local, state, and national business affairs
  6. To maintain quality in instruction through innovation in teaching and continuous improvement
  7. To strengthen teaching and learning through applied research and instructional scholarly activity, and to a lesser extent, basic scholarly activity


The mission reflects the responsibility of the School of Business Administration to make the education of its students the focus of all activities. The School is committed to continuously improve programs that add value to students' educational experiences. The foundation of the School of Business Administration is an enthusiastic, student-oriented faculty knowledgeable in their discipline through the pursuit of intellectual contributions, and professional development. They are active in academic, professional, and civic service, and they also mentor students and support student organizations.

The following values are widely shared within the School of Business Administration and are fundamental to its success:

  • High Expectations. We believe that students' academic performance rises with high faculty expectations and mentoring.
  • Service Learning. We believe that applied experiences enhance student learning and personal growth.
  • Ethical Awareness. We believe that integration and reinforcement of ethical and leadership values are essential throughout the students in the School of Business Administration experience.
  • Professional Development. We believe that mastery of business, communication, and interpersonal skills is critical to developing professional and successful students.
  • Diversity. We believe that Georgia Southwestern State University increasingly diverse learning environment is beneficial to the future of our students.
  • Key Advantages. We believe that access to faculty, technology, innovation, and small class size are key advantages the School of Business Administration provides to enhance the student learning experience through instructional excellence.

The School of Business offers the following programs:

The Master of Business Administration degree program is designed to prepare future business leaders for the constantly changing world marketplace by developing their critical thinking, management and leadership skills and the global perspectives necessary for success.

The Bachelor of Business Administration in Accounting is designed to prepare students for the numerous types of positions available in the accounting field. The program emphasizes the broad-based learning that is required to be successful in this field. The Accounting program includes course requirements to qualify for the CPA examination.

The Bachelor of Business Administration in Management with a concentration in Human Resource Management has been designed to equip students with the knowledge and skills needed for successful entry into Human Resource Management positions. The program prepares students to enter into careers such as health and safety administration, recruiting and training.

The Bachelor of Business Administration in Management is designed to give students objective knowledge and skills development in the major functional areas of management: planning, organizing, leading and controlling. The Management concentration allows the graduate flexibility in career opportunities, and is an excellent choice for the individual who may want to start his or her own business.

The Bachelor of Business Administration in Marketing is designed to stress the importance of creating and maintaining successful relationships with customers. Upon completion of this program, the students will be prepared to begin careers in sales, advertising, planning or self-employment.


The Center for Business and Economic Development is the umbrella organization for all outreach and service activities in the School of Business Administration. The Center conducts data collection and dissemination activities; performs applied research; provides technical support for business, government and economic development organizations; conducts seminars and short courses; and publishes reports and commentaries. The Center coordinates Georgia Southwestern State University's participation in Students in Free Enterprise (SIFE). SIFE is a national, college-based organization in which students develop and carry out projects and programs to enhance knowledge and understanding of the free enterprise system on the university campus, in area schools, and among the general population.


Georgia Southwestern State University Small Business Development Center is one of Georgia's SBDC Network of 19 Offices. As one of 19 SBDC Networks offices in the State of Georgia, the mission of the School of Business Administration Small Business Development Center is to enhance the economic well-being of Georgia citizens. Our objectives are:

  • To support the objectives of the Small Business Administration and the Small Business Development efforts of the people of the state of Georgia.
  • To support entrepreneurship and business expansion through the offering of direct business consulting and educational opportunities that address the human resources, management, technology, capital formation, and infrastructure needs of the business community.
  • To address regional economic development needs for information by providing applied economic development research to communities and regions. This service includes the application of geographic information system technology and offers a wide range of resources for secondary research and an extensive primary research effort.
  • To assist in the expansion of international trade primarily by educating new exporters who need assistance in all elements of exporting. The globalization of our economy demands that Georgia businesses take advantage of international opportunities.
  • To deliver in-house managerial and employee training targeted especially to businesses which have difficulty obtaining affordable training.
  • To facilitate the creation of economic development leadership groups that focus on the creation, retention, and expansion of business.
  • To provide special attention to the needs of minority entrepreneurs by identifying procurement opportunities, locating sources of capital, and supporting outreach efforts of historically black colleges and universities.
  • To assist existing businesses in taking advantage of state and local incentives for job creation, employee training, and other expansion efforts.



The undergraduate program of the School of Business Administration is divided into lower and upper division units of study. Freshmen, sophomores, and transfer students who are admitted to the University to pursue the BBA degree are assigned to the lower unit (Pre-business) and are advised by faculty of the School. Upon completion of the general education portion (Area A through E) of the Core curriculum and the business preparation portion (Area F), business students "declare" a major field of study and are transferred to that curriculum. Students admitted into a specific major are advised by faculty in that subject area.

Click HERE for BBA in Accounting/External Degree Curriculum Sheet and Requirements.

Click HERE for BBA in Management/External Degree Curriculum Sheet and Requirements.


BAS and BBA degree programs do not have minor fields of study. Minor fields of study in Business Administration may be pursued by students in other degree programs. Business Administration minors are available in accounting, management, human resource management, and marketing.

Minor in Business Administration Curriculum Sheet and Requirements